Advantages Innovative, original, weird,
Disadvantages The same as the advantages really, just depends on your perspective
I love a good horror movie but they are so few and far between these days with most of them being either just plain bad or else a rip off of something else.
I was excited to see the cabin in the woods after seeing the trailer and reading that it was a new kind of horror movie that takes a conventional set up and turns it on its head. After seeing the film at the cinema I was in two minds whether it was genius or if it was just plain bad but the one thing it wasn’t was boring and it has kept me thinking about it since I saw it.
The movie does do a good job of taking a clichéd horror movie premise of a group of good looking teenagers spending a weekend in a secluded cabin and subverting the storyline from what we all know and expect and there are some really interesting ideas in the movie but at times it seemed as though the filmmakers were throwing every idea in their heads at the film and seeing what would stick.
The move comes from the mind of Joss Whedon who is the man behind Buffy the vampire slayer and to be honest I could see the plot of this movie fitting in well with that show.
The script is clever and funny but it is rarely scary and even the jumpy moments were few and far between. It managed to hold my interest from start to finish and was quite frenetic in how it was directed. There are no dull moments in the film and it was all fast and furious throughout. The director is a guy called Drew Goddard and he does a good job of directing all the action on screen. Everything looks amazing from the beginning which is reminiscent of a 1980’s slasher movie to the ending which is more like something from mission impossible.
Although there is little in the way of scares the film is very gory in parts with bucket loads of blood and gore but this is played more for laughs than scares.
The largely unknown cast all do a good job of portraying their respective generic horror movie characters (the nice guy jock, the blonde bimbo, the virgin, the nerd and the loveable stoner). The most well-known actor in the film is without a doubt the Australian actor Chris Hemsworth who since filming this went on to find fame as Thor in the Marvel comic book film revival and will be seen in a slew of summer blockbusters this year.
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